AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,192
Hads: 3,441
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:
golden brown with about 3 fingers of head


smell: medicinal pungent hop aroma, nectarine, pomegranate piney aroma. almost like a christmas tree.

taste: pine, leafy hop, a pinch of sugar and caramel malt, aftertaste of light grapefruit bitterness...this goes down
so smooth, with the perfect amount of hop bitterness...superb piney notes...incredible job with this beer

drinkability; great; this beer has wonderful balance. the ideal IPA. (461 characters)

Photo of IPALOVER
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this beer after reading the reviews...finally was able to find a bomber at my local BevMo.

It poured beautifully into a pint glass-- a nice, creamy, foamy head that left lace on the glass as I drank.

The first sip...yum. Not overwhelmingly hopped; about the most perfectly hopped IPA I've ever had. Very smooth on the palate, a slightly grassy taste, followed by a slight aftertaste of hoppy bitterness. This beer almost tastes like it is nitro delivered-- very, very smooth.

A very drinkable IPA-- one I will revisit again! Alesmith should bottle this in 12 oz, six packs. I would make it my "session" IPA if so! (648 characters)

Photo of UA8
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy dirty blond color with a tall white head.

S- Citrus

T- This is THE IPA! Starts in with a nice smooth citrus hop note, move to perfectly balanced malt backing, and then finishes with the herbal/ floral hop bite just the right amount.

M- Nice and round. Perfect moderate carbonation that accents the flavors with out biting the tongue.

D- This is exactly what an IPA should be. The hops are the show here, knowing that they are damn good so there's no need for them to be pushy they simply do their job perfectly and with no fuss. Near perfect malt balance on this one as well. This is the gold standard for IPAs. (632 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

AleSmith Brewing Company - AleSmith IPA - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

First off, don't be fooled by the simplicity of the branding here, this brew is one of those brews that everyone should try.

Look - Pours golden with an amber hue and a slight foamy head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing. Filtered with moderate carbonation.

Smell - Sweet with grapefruit and resinous hops, very appetizing.

Taste - Smooth, almost creamy with a great integration between the malt and piney hops. Slightly bitter at the end, just right.

Mouthfeel - Wow, this is insanely drinkable and rests ever so gently on the palette. Alcohol content is nowhere to be seen and that is a highlight.

Overall - One of the best overall brews I have ever had. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of this brew and highly recommend it. (807 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a big fluffy white head that settles down some and leaves a lot of sticky lace.

S - wonderful aroma, citrus hoppiness with a faint malty backbone.

T - delicious brew, citrus hop bite starts it off, malt in the middle, then bitter hops on the finish.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation, nice bite.

D - very good, easy drinking IPA.

Final Note: I think this is a pretty close to perfect beer. (465 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Talisker for the trade! Poured a slightly hazy copper with a decent head that left great lacing. The aroma was very fragrant with pine and citrus hops. The taste was a wonderful hop blend against a great malt backbone. This beer was great even following a growler of Pliny the Elder. The beer was light and crisp with well hidden alcohol. This is a great IPA. (369 characters)

Photo of cerveza5150
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AP: Great bubbly poor. This beer just begs for a group of enthusiastic IPA drinkers. Nice off white head with good retention. Lots of bubbles with a little lacing.

SM: Piny/citrusy hops present on the nose. A slight hint of caramel hops. The aroma hints at the taste explosion.

T: Ok, I've tried alot of beer, but this one is INCREDIBLE. The first 5 I've ever given on taste, this ale had it all. I was expecting a full hop experience, and this didn't disappoint. It starts with some slightly herbish hops on the nose, and finishes to an awesome citrusy, almost, dare I say it, cannabis-like hoppy taste. The malt is present enough to balance out the hops. All in all, as close to perfection as I've tasted.

M: Bubbles persisted, but were tempered by the slight heat of the alcohol. The finish begs for another taste.

D: An incredibly easy drinking IPA. Alesmith really outdid themselves this time. (910 characters)

Photo of jimj21
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty two ounce bomber poured into a tulip. Purchased in Massachusetts. Pours an orangish amber color. Very clear at first. Additional pours produce more yeast haze. Slow pour still produces a huge head, as does swirling the glass. Light colored tan head. Four fingers at first, reduces slowly to about a finger. Big chunks of lacing.

Exceptionally hoppy and citrusy and piney. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Hops, hops, hops. I think I'm picking up some toasty malt in there too, but the aroma of citrusy hops is front and center, as it should be.

Taste is just as one would expect given the nose. Tons of hoppy goodness. Very citrusy, again with orange and grapefruit. Piney as well. Good amount of bitterness here. Malt comes through slightly in the middle as toasted white bread. Bitter pine on the finish.

Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Slightly dry on the finish. Provides a nice warmth. Carbonation is a little high, but the small bubbles really help create the smooth feel.

Wow. This is an amazing beer. This might be the best IPA I have ever had. It's too bad Alesmith isn't more available. Anyone that is a fan of IPAs needs to try this. (1,176 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re review from a couple of months ago.

A: Pours out an ever so slightly hazzy orange golden. Three fingers bleach white head. Retention is stellar. Carbonation is moderate, with tiny little bubbles coming to the surface. Lacing is excellent.

S: Bright, beautiful citrus and tropical fruits leap from the glass. Lemon rind, apricot, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, papaya, and Buddha's hand are all present. Also lent to the nose are grassy and herbaceous notes of evergreen.

T: Where to begin? One sip in and I know this is one of those beers that is insanely complex, with layers and layers of flavor building on top of themselves. Fruit bomb of tropical infusion in the beginning. Again, mango, papaya and pineapple. These notes transition seamlessly into beautiful expressions of muddled mint and tea like tannin. The finish is long and resinous, with an oily bitterness that finishes exceptionally long. No alcohol perceived. Perfect.

M: The bubbles are so subtle on the tongue as to appear to be witchcraft. This beer has an amazingly smooth body. It's carbonation is just such that it glides across the palate. Full bodied, yet dry and refreshing.

O: This is simply the best beer I have ever had and proof positive that San Diego, CA is the IPA capital of the world. Alesmith, Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alpine ...all in one county. Jesus. (1,361 characters)

Photo of jwolfie70
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a light copper color, with a good sized white head that stuck around for a while and left a good coating on the glass. The smell was caramel, apricots and flowery hops. The taste was caramel balanced by a wonderful flowery, citrusy hop flavor balancing it out wonderfully. This is one of my favorite IPAs, if not my favorite. A beer I would highly recommend. (421 characters)

Photo of lostbearbrew
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again, thanks go out to the west coast trading connections on this one...wow, folks, nice work. I've had this around for a few weeks, and it finally was time to go for it.

a Smoky Copper with a fat ole light tan head. Sticky and clinging lace...

Citrus, pine and straw rush forward, with a really wonderous mix of aromas amongst them. Seems grapefruit and orange really have the market on the olfactory here.

Taste is almost like a double, but without the thick coating tendency. Lower alc % and flavor, as well. The malt in here holds the hops up and supports them as the flagship flavors, but you don't miss the sweet caramelly malt in the middle. The finish on this hangs in your mouth next to forever.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, but not perfect - maybe it is the fence sitting between single and double that makes me feel that way, but something seems a little off for the IPA style.

I'd drink these all day, and get used to the slightly off mouthfeel....lol! (977 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I haven't tried this SoCal-brewed IPA until now. So, without further adieu, I'll get to it.
Served from a 22oz no-nonsense bomber into my Alesmith pint glass, this brew gave off a gorgeous hazy dark orange color, pumped out a tremendous amount of fine, tight carbonation, and sported an eternal off-white head that was firm and compact to the point I could float the cap on top. Great sheet lacing, too. Beautiful to gaze at...
The nose made no pretense as to what mattered here: hops, and lots of 'em. The aromas of citrus peels, pine needles, and sap abounded. Yet underneath the hops was a hearty caramel malt aroma and the scent of singed oak wood. This is one brew worth parking under your nose for a while to savor the aromas.
The taste..ah, the taste! Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with the sweet caramel malt flavor quickly scurrying across the palate, fleeing before the massive invasion of resinous pine sap, grapefruit rinds, hints of tangerines, and hops juice. The hops keep building on the palate, pushing into each tastebud and refusing to leave. Long finish with that great hoppy bitterness lingering long after each swallow.
Drinkability - yeah, it's incredibly quaffable! Lush, possessing a damn near perfect balance of malt and hops, it just doesn't get much, if any, better than this, IMO. I have the feeling it's going to be a long search for me to find a more enjoyable IPA than that brewed by Alesmith. Nectar in a bottle! (1,467 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn. Easily the best IPA I've had to this point. The first bottle I tried was good, the second is even better. It took me experiencing this brew twice to fully wrap my palate around what I was tasting. This beer is something that everyone should seek out and acquire during their beer drinking careers. Thank you Joey at South Bay Drugs in Cali for providing your online services.

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - The best looking IPA I have ever seen up to this point in time, period. Looking at this beer made my mouth water. There is a solid two finger head white frothy head. It doesn't want to die down. The lowest it sinks is to the half finger mark, but the head just persists. It leaves a seemingly endless amount of lacing. It is a golden orange copper color, heavy on the golden, almost completely transparent. There is a constant stream of carbonation bubbles that rise to the top of the glass. It doesn't get better than this.

Smell - An extremely balanced scent. The only reason why I took a .5 point off is that I just want more. What scent is actually present is nearly perfect, I want it to be bigger. Smells like a hops bouquet - floral and grapefruity and piney. The bouquet sits on a caramel foundation, slightly sweet and sugary beneath the hoppy plumage.

Taste - How does an IPA taste better? How? If anyone comes across something that tastes better, they should consider themselves very privileged. Alesmith IPA has every hop flavor I could want or expect in an IPA. Extremely cirtusy - and all types of citrus - orange, lemon, and a ton of grapefruit. The hops evolve in your mouth, transforming from floral to citrus to piney bitterness. The malt in is perfect balance, providing a perfect level or subdued sweetness to back up the evolving hop flavors, never in competition, always in complement. Perfect.

Mouthfeel - I would have to say that this is full bodied - for the style, IMO. It is sticky and oily and very mouth-coating. The carbonation level is perfect - nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is the perfect complement to the flavor. Goes down perfectly smooth. Makes me want to keep drinking, and it takes every ounce of self-restraint to not drink this beer too fast.

Drinkability - It doesn't get much better. If I could have the privilege of sessioning a beer like this, I would be a happy alcoholic. I will search this one out again. I am jealous of anyone who has access to this beer on a regular basis.

This beer is nothing short of amazing. Find it, and hoard it. (2,536 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at McGs in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. Pours a large foamy head, with thick lacing down the side. The body is a golden yellow, and has plenty of rising bubbles. The head reforms easily upon agitation.

Aromas are incredible, and include pine, vanilla, a little bit of caramel, and some lighter fruits; which ones I cannot put my finger on. Pear perhaps? Whatever it is, it contributes greatly to an overall refreshing bouquet.

Flavors include the aforementioned pine and citrus as well as bitterness and bite, with a wide spectrum of fruits such as orange and grapefruit. Damn it's good. Almost obliterates the palate after awhile, and this isn't even an Imperial IPA.

The hefty carbonation keeps the palate clean and refreshed, with a lighter mouthfeel that at times seems medium-bodied due to the range of flavors.

Overall, a damn good IPA with malt flavors merely balancing out the palate, but letting the hops come through like something lovely.

A true West Coast IPA. This is how it's done bitches! Recognize! (1,026 characters)

Photo of aknight
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden orangish color with just enough head which quickly dissipates. The smell has a faint citrusy scent, not overpowering but pleasant. There is a nice hops bitterness on first taste but the bitterness doesn't linger as there is the perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. This is as balanced of an IPA as I've ever tasted while managing to be not boring. I could drink this beer all day long. It certainly does not taste like a 7.25% beer, it drinks like a much more sessioanble beer. (519 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Nose is citrus, perfume and pine. It's nothing crazy, but is is extremely well balanced. Flavor is almost unnecessary to elaborate on. Nice pine levels with a tangy fruit tone. I mean this really just can't go anywhere else. Just frickin' smooth. Slightly noticeable tone of alcohol kicks it down just ever so slightly when it's at the wrong temperature. Just has to be chilled ever so properly. Leaves a nice burn in my chest as I sip. Consider it more of a warm fuzzy feeling. Feel has a very good liquid touch and the carbonation is nice as well. This is an IPA and a masterful piece of work that should be sought out by all. Truly amazing. (737 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tulip this beer produces a massive 3 finger off-white head. The retention on this one is incredible and just sits there. The beer is hazy and burnt orange in color.

S - First thing I noticed when pouring was the nose, it's hard to avoid. It's full of tropical fruit, citrus and lemon notes. There is a slight sweet malt presence throughout.

M - Medium in body with active carbonation.

T - Bready and sweet caramel malts up front followed quickly by citrus and lemon. It has a grassy hops bitterness in the finish, which doesn't really linger. The alcohol content is well hidden.

This huge IPA drinks almost too easily. It's got a great hop combination and the malts prevent it from being overbearingly bitter. This is a fine example of an American IPA. (774 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy orange with thick, creamy white head that leaves sexy lace as the pint goes down in the glass.

Nose is a pleasant metallic-citrus, grapefruit with maybe tangerine.

On the palate a huge, mouth savoring juicey-fruity flavor that makes your mouth pucker. Citrus is more towards grapefruits and orange, with some candied sweetness, and the hops also come through with some hop resin & pine sap. Overall, though the juicy fruit dominates, there is some sweetness to balance it out and make it extraordinarily drinkable for an IPA.

One of the best examples of an American IPA. (584 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orange brown. Has one of the most unusual heads I have ever seen. A previous reviewer said it looks like soap suds in a washer machine. Right on. ... Lots of suspended small sediment. White chuncks lay at the bottom of the glass. Extreme lacing coating on the side of the glass. Cloudy appearance overall like a Wit. Very nice.

As soon as I opened the bottle, the room filled with pine/oily hops.Am I back up in Humblolt forest after a rain?

Sweet IPA up front. Very sweet. Pineapple and citrus sweets. The sweets are followed by "HOP BOMB". This IPA is an IPA. It works, It is well balanced, bitter aftertaste, sweet, hop bomb near perfection.

An above average West Coast IPA. Drinkability is sickly easy for such a bitter hop bomb...be carefull! HA! (762 characters)

Photo of popery
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Excellent beer. I was trying to pick a solid beer for my 200th, and I went with an IPA, instead of a fancier style, in order to save something grander for number 250. However, this is a fabulous IPA. The beer looks great, sticky head, perfect amber-gold color for an IPA. The aroma is very clean. Hops are citric, floral and piney. Caramel malt is present and well-articulated. The flavor is exceptional, even in this highly competitive category. Alesmith knows how to use hops. The hop flavor is perfectly clean. There is some bitterness, but it's extremely pleasant and doesn't scald in the least. The malt is strong enough to bring out the flavors of the hops, without being cloying in the least. It's just extremely smooth. The citrus and floral hops balance very, very well with the malt. The mouthfeel is excellent, but there is a tiny bit of alcohol around the edges. The beer is exceptionally easy to drink. Alesmith makes great beer, and this is definitely one of them. My one qualm with this beer is that it is extremely close to being a DIPA rather than an IPA. I like for styles to be loose and allow innovation, but I almost wish that there was a hard and fast line for this division. (1,202 characters)

Photo of aaronh
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper colored beer, topped by a vanilla colored head that lasts an exceptionally long time. After the head fades to a thick rocky layer of foam, a sweet floral aroma becomes more evident. Very nice aroma. Wow, the taste is truly phenomenal, with a combination of malty sweetness, and hops so strong they seem to be both sweet and bitter all at once. Then comes the finish. The flavors seem to completely vanish, but then a slight piney bitterness is noticed lurking around, dragging a wisp of sweetness around with it. Mouthfeel is very solid, and this beer seems to just slide down the throat. Drinkability is also exceptional, as a bomber of this feels like much too small a serving. I opened this beer with high expectations, which is usually a recipe for disappointment. But this time, my expectations were exceeded, save for the length of time I thought I'd be spending drinking this wonderful IPA. I'm grateful to have gotten a bottle of this. Do what you must to get one of your own. It will be worth the effort. Wow. (1,035 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

That's a beaut of an IPA pour, right there. Gorgeous orangeyellow with a medium haze, giant soapy and rocky head.

Smells like its dripping with hop resin, bright yellow and crayon green. Big flowers, grapefruit, grapes, pleasant hay, fresh cut grass, light cereal malt.

Tastes great. Woah! Hops start perfectly short of being overpowering and the malt, in spite of the high ABV, isn't harsh or syrupy. Crisp cereal perfectly accentuates a wonderful bouquet green, sticky hops.

Damn near perfect, second only to Masala Mama, imho. (535 characters)

Photo of ironarrow42
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with a friend and fellow hophead. Poured a lovely, light orangey-amber with a generous, thick white head of foam. Massive aroma of American hops - loads of citrus & pine. Very appetizing!

Flavors tilted toward the hop side of the scale - lots of fresh grapefruit with some piney notes. Very fine carbonation. Medium body. Solid bitterness balances out the pale malt character underneath those huge hops. Lingering bitter-citric-resiny finish. Wonderful!

Left some nice foam sheeting inside the snifter in which it was served. Classic American IPA. (565 characters)

Photo of chargerfanjess
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blasts out of the growler spilling hops flavors and white foamy suds The body is a dirty dark yellow color with tons of bubbles ripping through this thing. Hop flavor everywhere! Nose is standard hop bliss, lots of freshness and some sweet caramel ta boot. Taste is where it kicks up. Very dry, even. I am big fan of having hops in my mouth I soon find out. Some notes of citrus fruit, a very subtle maltiness, VERY subtle though it is there. So much hops and dryness it even begs for more. has a very bitter finish and leaves the mouth craving another. (553 characters)

Photo of Foxtrot
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big shout out to my Whole Foods in Valencia for stocking AleSmith. Highly appreciate it.

Poured into a tulip glass showed of its clear yellow hay hue, with lots of head retention, followed with some sticky lacing. Almost as sticky as Arrogant Bastard.

This is a very hop-forward beer, for a lack of better words. Smell is drenched with grapefruits, fantastic pine resin, citrus orange, and a big explosion on floral hops. I think I died and went into a hop coma from this intense aroma. Incredible to say the least.

Taste was a big burst of hoppiness that knocked me on my ass! This sucker has got to be on the best IPA's I have up to now (prior to this was Blind Pig). The cool floral hops come up front, but are in balance with chewy malts. If this beer was a bit higher in ABV. I would easily place it as a DIPA, thats how good and how close it comes.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy. The malt backbone really makes the taster savor every last drop, letting it roll around the tongue accompanied by superb carbonation.

This is a very good beer, amongst other great beers. Perhaps one the best IPA's I've come across. Drinkability factor is great, if one takes the time to fully appreciate its subtleties. Home run for AleSmith. Next on my list is Decadence. (1,269 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.